Ireland wins Cricket World Cup qualifiers in Holland

Peter Johnston, coach of Ireland's women's cricket team writes: "All is going to plan so far in sunny Holland, the competition is of a very high standard. A very exciting victory against the strongly favoured West Indies and a comfortable win over Japan, leaves us unbeaten but with some more tough games to come, Pakistan, Holland and finally Scotland.

Peter Johnston, coach of Ireland's women's cricket team writes: "All is going to plan so far in sunny Holland, the competition is of a very high standard. A very exciting victory against the strongly favoured West Indies and a comfortable win over Japan, leaves us unbeaten but with some more tough games to come, Pakistan, Holland and finally Scotland.

"Confidence is high and all are working hard but we must stay focused until the last ball is bowled. The girls are just beginning to find their feet on the coconut matting that is sometimes unpredictable, check out the website at iwcctrophy.org."

Match reports:

July 21, 2003 Ireland vs West Indies in A.C.C., Amstelveen

Ireland won by 32 runs. On a lively wicket Young and Beggs especially battled hard to post a the total of 84. However a fantastic bowling and fielding display by all led the way for victory over a strong West Indies side.

Ireland won the toss and elected to bat.

Ireland scored 84 all out off 44.3 overs

Karen Young 19

Caitriona Beggs 15

Verena Felicien 9.3 overs 2 maidens 13 for 2

Debbie Ann Lewis 5 overs 2 maidens 9 for 1

In reply West Indies were all out for 52 in 24 overs

Stephanie Power 12

Barbara McDonald 8 overs 3 maidens 13 for 4

Catherine O’Neill 6 overs 1 maiden 15 for 4

Isobel Joyce 4 overs 1 maiden 12 for 2

Anne Linehan gained her 50th cap for Ireland, only the second player to do so.

July 22, 2003 Ireland vs Japan in Root and Wit in Haarlem

Ireland won by 9 wickets against an inexperienced but enthusiastic and well drilled Japanese side. They will next play Pakistan who are also still unbeaten.

Ireland won the toss and elected to field.

Ireland bowled Japan out for 62 in 50 overs

Shizuka Kubota topped scored on 14

Barbara McDonald 9 overs 3 maidens 10 for 3

Heather Whelan 5 overs 2 maidens 6 for 1

Clare Shillington 10 overs 8 maidens 4 for 2

Catherine O’Neill 9 overs 6 maidens 9 for 2

In reply Ireland made 63 for the loss of 1 wicket

Clare O’Leary 31 Not Out

Nicki Coffey gained her 1st cap at senior level

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